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Russell James Saltmarsh

  1. Current Age?

  2. Nationality

  3. Where do you live now?
    Coventry, England

  4. Occupation
    Civil Engineer

  5. When it comes to travel accommodation (but leaving out crashing with friends, family or people you meet on the road), how often do you stay in hostels?
    pretty much all the time

  6. Where have you hosteled?
    Australia, New Zealand, South America, USA

  7. Would you stay in a hostel again on future trips?

  8. Why or why not?
    Cheap, a good place to meet people.

  9. Out of all your experiences hosteling, what was your:
    • Best Moment
      Having a hostel on the beach on Ko Samet, Thailand.

    • Worst Moment
      Sharing a room with 22 people in Coogee, Sydney.

    • Biggest surprise?
      That there was 22 people in such a small room.

  10. Do you ever book any of your hostel accommodation in advance?

  11. Why or why not?
    Around large sporting events (i.e. Hong Kong Sevens). Or there has been a place before that i have really enjoyed.

  12. Who is the most memorable person you met in a hostel and why?
    A Dutch guy who has been travelling for 5 years straight and has seemed to meet everyone and seen everything. Some of the Sweedish girls are also amazing.

  13. Why do you stay in hostels, as opposed to other types of accommodation?
    Cheap and cheerful.

  14. What is the biggest myth people have about hostels and hosteling?
    That they are dirty and run down: this is not the case as most are kept very clean and are a pleasure to stay in.

  15. Why do you like to travel?
    Meet people, see new things, good weather, the beaches.

  16. What is your advice for other travelers wanting to stay in hostels?
    Just do it, you will enjoy it; everyone is normally very friendly.